Course Profile

Course Profile: Empowerment in Learning Disabilities Services (1 Day)
The history of Learning Disability services is a complex one; organisational and individual attitudes and behaviour leading to highly oppressive and at times abusive “support”.  The title of this course immediately raises issues of power and control that require careful consideration when supporting people in a Learning Disability context. This course examines the underpinning conditions that lead to oppressive outcomes and considers principles of practice, ethics and working methods that would promote people with learning disabilities interests. The course is informed by Person Centred Principles, Rogerian theory, the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adults Social Care Workers in England, bild, the Down’s Syndrome Association and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The course is set within the context of the Care Act 2014 and support the Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
Care Certificate: standard 1, 3, 4, 5, 9
QCF: HSC 025, HSC 026, SHC 024, LD 201, SS OP 2.1, HSC 036, SHC 34, SS OP 3.1
The course is designed for all staff working in the field of Learning Disabilities in diverse settings.
The course will help organisations to meet CQC Fundamental Standards 
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • An overview of the history of Learning Disability services in the UK
  • The components of Institutional care and the impact on people with learning disabilities
  • How services developed –Normalisation (Nirge and Wolfensberger), Ordinary Life Principles, John O’ Brien 5 accomplishments- and the developments to Person Centred Approaches
  • What is meant by “Personalisation” and the impact on service delivery
  • The assumptions, structures and methods of care and support that lead to disempowerment
  • The power that staff have and the imbalance of power with people with care and support needs
  • How this impacts on people receiving care and support
  • What is meant by “Empowerment”
  • Standards and Principles of Practice in Learning Disability services
  • The professional responsibilities of learning disability workers
  • An overview of the legislation protecting people with learning disabilities, incl. the Human Rights Act 1998, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and DoLS, the Equality Act 2010, the Care Act 2014
  • Structures and working methods that underpin empowerment, including Person Centred Practice, Advocacy and Self Advocacy, Consultation and Engagement, Skills development, Confidence building, Assertive Training, Information and Resources, Person Centred Communication, etc.
  • How we can deal with power imbalances
  • Strategies to promote the self esteem, rights and independence of people with learning disabilities
  • Strategies to promote dignity, privacy, choices and responsibilities, inclusion
  • Advocacy resources 
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Large & small Group Work, Feedback, Practice studies, Handouts, Chalk & Talk, Small Group Work